Fireplace Refresher

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I think one of the best features of my living room is the fireplace.  When my mom owned the house she had it converted to a gas fireplace, which is so much easier and surprisingly effective at heating my home.  When my husband and I bought the house, we painted the fireplace white and added the red detail (it was originally oak).  At the time, that appeased me.  But I have always hated the brass detailing on the fireplace, and I decided I had to do something about it.  Here is a shot of the fireplace before I started my project.

Fireplace Before

I purchased a Rustoleum high-heat spray paint and painted the brass trim a flat black. Since I was updating the brass trim, I also decided to freshen up the screen.  I had looked at new screens but they are not cheap, and there is nothing wrong with this one. So I got myself a can of Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze spray paint and went to town on it.

I am thrilled with the new look!   It's not a dramatic difference, but I think it looks better. Oh, and Bear wanted to say Hi!

Fireplace After

Here is a shot of the before and after together.

 Fireplace Before and After


Kitchen Cabinet Transformation!!!

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Before & After - Kitchen

In 2008, my husband and I bought our house from my mom.  I always loved this house.  It is a 4-bedroom ranch tucked away from the road.  My parents had the house built in the late 80's, so it needed some updating.  The kitchen was the biggest area that needed updating.  The cabinets are the original oak cabinets that came with the house, and I have to say they are in great condition for being 25-years-old.  But after looking at them for just as long, I desperately needed a change.

Here is the old kitchen (took the pics after some doors were already removed - oops!):

Kitchen Before

Kitchen BeforeIsland BeforeBeing a Pinterest addict, I had seen posts about people who had used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations system.  One day, my husband received an e-mail from Home Depot that they had the kits for half off.  After doing a little research and reading a lot of reviews, we decided to get the kit and take the time to redo the cabinets and the island.

We ordered the Espresso kit.  It is a deep dark brown color.

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 There is a small list of items you need to purchase in addition to the kit, such as paint brushes and plastic. I believe we spent an extra $20.  It is definitely not a quick fix.  I would strongly recommend watching the DVD that comes with the kit.  It explains everything very clearly.  The process was simple but took many, many hours. The kit comes with an optional glaze coat.  I have read tons of reviews and some people say it's not necessary, but we did it and I am so glad we did.  It brought out the grain in the wood and made the color a smidge deeper.

The results were well worth the effort...

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It is basically like having new cabinets!  I am totally in love with my new kitchen.  It even seems brighter.  If anyone is pondering doing this, I would recommend it.

And a very big THANK YOU to my husband, who took the days to perform this magic!

Erin ♥